Kybella for a Sculpted Jawline: Is it Right for You?

Fat is a frustrating concern that can affect how you feel about your appearance. This can be true even when fat is localized in a small area such as under the chin. The term double-chin is often used to describe the accumulation of fat just beneath the face. This fat doesn’t always relate to obesity or even slightly more than ideal weight. It’s presence under the face, however, can make a person look generally larger than they really are. Recently, nonsurgical double-chin treatment took a leap forward with the injectable Kybella solution. Here, we offer a few key points about this treatment to help you determine if it is right for you.

Results are not instant.

Some injectables are known for their immediate results. Others, like Botox, work within a few days. Kybella doesn’t fit this mold. This treatment works by dismantling fat cells, which takes time. The ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a substance that typically targets dietary fat in the digestive process. When we inject deoxycholic acid into a collection of fat cells, the chemical gradually gets absorbed as it destroys its targets. Although results start to appear after a few weeks, and potentially a few treatments, what is achieved with Kybella can last indefinitely.

Fat is the only target.

Kybella treatment is intended for one sole purpose, to eliminate unwanted fat. Deoxycholic acid exists in the body to break down dietary fat. It has no other objective. Therefore, patients with loose or saggy skin on the upper neck may not achieve their desired result with Kybella alone. Our office is equipped with several devices developed for skin tightening. By combining treatments, we can achieve an optimal outcome even when tissue laxity exists.

There is a bit of downtime.

When we think of injectables, we tend to categorize them as lunchtime treatments. This is true in many cases but not with Kybella. This treatment process introduces deoxycholic acid into a wider area, from the chin to the mid-neck.  The number of injections is relatively substantial (don’t worry, we make it comfortable!), resulting in an increase in subdermal fluid. At first, the neck and chin may look worse, as if more fat has collected. This is nothing more than the liquid deoxycholic acid beneath the skin. For a few days, swelling is noticeable. Tenderness or soreness may also occur. Typically, a patient can receive Kybella on a Friday and be back to work on Monday. However, they may wish to spend the weekend resting.

Our Louisville office has been established as a relaxing environment in which patients can receive information about surgical and nonsurgical treatments that will best meet their needs. To learn more about Kybella, call (502) 425-5200.

There’s A Fat Removal Procedure For You

While liposuction changed the plastic surgery procedure game when it first emerged as an effective fat removal technique, it seems like there are now a vast amount of liposuction and fat removal options on the market. This can be overwhelming if you’re struggling to lose pockets of fat and don’t know where to start. But don’t worry— whether it’s invasive, non-invasive, or somewhere in between, there’s a fat removal or liposuction option out there to suit your problem areas and aesthetic goals.

Traditional Liposuction

Why mess with a good thing? Traditional liposuction still works to effectively remove fat from areas that can be difficult to tone through diet and exercise. Although it’s performed under anesthesia and requires downtime, this technique can be most beneficial to patients with a higher amount of fat to be removed. This procedure also offers the great potential for fat transfer procedures, like a Brazilian Butt Lift.

Vaser Liposuction

This procedure adds an extra step to traditional liposuction in order to create an effective, gentler, and less-invasive procedure. It uses ultrasound energy that “shakes” the individual cells loose, optimizing them for removal with a smaller cannula than the kind used in a traditional procedure. This means less bruising, easier fat removal, and an added benefit of skin tightening all at once. This fat has also been shown to be excellent for fat grafting to face, body and breast.  Vaser Liposuction surgery is constantly growing in popularity.

Liteshape™ Laser Liposuction

Liteshape laser liposuction procedure also has the benefit of skin tightening, and is most common for post-pregnancy patients looking to get rid of small to moderate pockets of fat with loose skin overlying. This procedure uses a handheld laser to melt fat that is then removed through a cannula. Another laser is then applied at a customized wavelength that effectively tightens the surrounding skin. This procedure is done under a local anesthetic with either oral sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas).  One requires multiple treatments in order to get best results, usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart.


Arguably becoming one of the most popular non-invasive fat removal techniques currently available, CoolSculpting uses an external applicator that essentially freezes fat cells so that they slowly die over several months and are absorbed into the body through normal metabolic pathways.

Radio Frequency Treatments

Radio waves might not be the first thing you associate with fat removal, but both Exilis and Vanquish™ use monopolar and multipolar radio frequencies (radio waves) respectively to create heat that causes the fat deposits within the cells to be released. These are both highly-effective, non-invasive, and even relaxing procedures that give great fat removal and skin tightening results.


Kybella is an injectable form a natural bile salt used in the body to dissolve fat in the digestive tract. It can be injected into small areas such as the neck or knees to slowly melt the fat in that area. A sequence of treatments a month to 6 weeks apart are usually necessary.

It might still seem like there are an overwhelming amount of fat removal techniques to choose from, but a consultation with Dr. Salzman can help you determine the best treatment plan for your unique anatomy and aesthetic goals. Contact our office at 502-425-5200 to get started.

Say Goodbye to That Double Chin with Kybella

Do you bow out of group photos due to your double chin? Or perhaps you hide that extra flab under turtlenecks or high-collared shirts. A double chin, also known as submental fullness, is a common condition for men and women alike. While some patients may be experiencing a double chin due to weight gain, others may have developed one due to genetics or aging.

While in the past the only way to eliminate this stubborn area of fat was through neck lift surgery or liposuction, there is now a non-surgical way to say goodbye to a double chin: Kybella.

What is Kybella?

Kybella is a non-surgical injectable treatment created to eliminate fat cells under the chin for a slimmer profile. This unique formula is made up of synthetic deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When Kybella is injected into the fat under the chin, it permanently destroys fat cells, which the body naturally eliminates. After Kybella destroys these fat cells, they cannot replenish, so no further treatments are needed!

What to Expect During a Kybella Treatment

During a Kybella treatment, the area of submental fullness will first be examined to determine is Kybella is the right treatment for you. Then, Kybella will be injected into multiple areas under your chin, which usually takes about 15-20 minutes. The exact number of injections will depend on your individual aesthetic goals (the more submental fat you wish to eliminate, the more injections required).

Since each patient is unique, the exact number of treatments needed will vary. During your consultation, Dr. Salzman will help to determine the number of treatments needed to reach your desired look.

If you are tired of living with a double chin that won’t go away with diet and exercise, Kybella may be the answer. Patients in the Louisville area can contact Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa to schedule a consultation today.

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